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  • May 13, 2009

GIS on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
In the comments to yesterday's blog entry Sven Reimers pointed to yet another NetBeans Platform application that I hadn't ever heard of before: Puzzle. Puzzle is a Java Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development platform built on top of the NetBeans Platform. The main goal of Puzzle GIS is to create a free, production ready and competitive tool as a valid alternative to commercial software.

Go here for all the details: http://puzzle-gis.codehaus.org/

The site asks itself the question why there is a need for a GIS application, since so many already exist. The answers provided are as follows:

  1. 100% Java (at least we try to be)
  2. Java Web Start supported
  3. One version for all operating systems
  4. No operating system limitation (just need a JVM 1.6 or more)
  5. No installation needed (because of Java Web Start)
  6. Built on NetBeans Platform for a professional architecture
  7. Built on GeoToolKit, a high quality GIS library

That, in a nutshell, sums up the reasons why Java is cool and why the NetBeans Platform makes perfect sense. Pluggability of the application might have been added as a motivation as well, though if distribution is going to be via Java Web Start, chances are that the application providers will want to keep control over the installation themselves.

Here are a couple of inspiring pictures (click to enlarge them) to show you where all this is headed:

Of course, a next step is to ask the project owners for an interview and to see if they'd like a screenshot of their cool application to be added to the NetBeans Platform Showcase. So watch this space.

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Comments ( 6 )
  • Johann Sorel Wednesday, May 13, 2009


    I'm glad that you noticed my application :D , but I think you already heard about it some time ago under a different name : AlterSIG.

    And I had already been interview about it in december 2007 : http://www.netbeans.org/community/articles/interviews/johann-sorel-altersig.html

    that was still the very beginning of the netbeans adventure.

    Of course I agree to see my application on netbeans showcase page ;).

    Here is a nicer screenshot of the 0.4-SNAPSHOT :


    Contact me if you need anything (or ask vincent brabant from the java champion's, he knows me)

    Johann sorel

  • Bob Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    Very inspiring, thanks for the news

    By the way, Developer & Programmer, you should check out this :) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlFL-uJ4hmw

  • Geertjan Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Excellent news, Johann. I added the screenshot to the NetBeans Platform Showcase!

  • Michael Nyoagbe Thursday, January 27, 2011

    I like youe application, infact, its really very nice. I want to try develop something like it. Can you give me some tips or bits of tutorials to start with, I actually want to move to Java from VB.net, I work with GIS on a daily basis. I think your work is very mortivating. Keep it up.

  • guest Sunday, November 25, 2012

    thanks Geertjan for the information. I have just started to learn the Netbeans Platform, and I really want to start to use it. My question is about the openmaps on the Netbeans Platform. As what I see in map in

    "NetBeans Platform Tutorial for Air Traffic Control Systems", however I really want to see maps with streets, what should I do here?



  • Geertjan Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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